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Tattoos and Vision Loss
vision lossThe Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH) warns about a link between tattoos and a severe eye condition that can lead to vision loss. Uveitis affects the inner structures of the eye; it can cause pain, redness, and blurry vision. Associate Professor Lyndell Lim says:

"The public health message should be to consider your vision in addition to other potential health risks when getting a tattoo and if you do have symptoms of uveitis, act quickly to seek specialist care."

Please contact SDCB if you require assistance for vision loss. We offer many effective programs.

"Eye Experts Warn Of Link Between Tattoos And Vision Loss"


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Tattoos and Vision Loss
vision lossThe Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH) warns about a link between tattoos and a severe eye condition that can lead to vision loss. Uveitis affects the inner structures of the eye; it can cause pain, redness, and blurry vision. Associate Professor Lyndell Lim says:

"The public health message should be to consider your vision in addition to other potential health risks when getting a tattoo and if you do have symptoms of uveitis, act quickly to seek specialist care."

Please contact SDCB if you require assistance for vision loss. We offer many effective programs.

"Eye Experts Warn Of Link Between Tattoos And Vision Loss"


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Marvel Comic Book in Braille
BrailleMarvel's Heroes Project's "Unstoppable Adonis" is a comic book about a young high school football running back named Adonis. The young athlete is entirely blind; and, the comic book is fittingly available in Braille.

"What caught our attention about Adonis' story is that a whole community came together around him to support his dream - and that he's doing things off the field to show that visual disability doesn't hold people back from making their dreams reality," Liza Wyles, Executive Producer of Marvel's Hero Project and Director, Development for Marvel New Media.

If your quality of life is suffering due to vision loss, then we invite you to contact SDCB.

"Inside MARVEL's First Braille Comic, Inspired by Football Player with Blindness"


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Marvel Comic Book in Braille
BrailleMarvel's Heroes Project's "Unstoppable Adonis" is a comic book about a young high school football running back named Adonis. The young athlete is entirely blind; and, the comic book is fittingly available in Braille.

"What caught our attention about Adonis' story is that a whole community came together around him to support his dream - and that he's doing things off the field to show that visual disability doesn't hold people back from making their dreams reality," Liza Wyles, Executive Producer of Marvel's Hero Project and Director, Development for Marvel New Media.

If your quality of life is suffering due to vision loss, then we invite you to contact SDCB.

"Inside MARVEL's First Braille Comic, Inspired by Football Player with Blindness"


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Playing Hockey with Blindness
blindnessCarl Soderberg plays for the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League. What makes Soderberg unique is that he's legally blind in his left eye. His vision was compromised in 2006 when an opponent's stick hit his eye and detached his retina leaving him living with blindness.

"It was a little different on the eyes, I was scared, afraid to get hit again," he said. "It took me a couple years to fully get back."


San Diego Center for the Blind offers several vision rehabilitation programs. Please contact us to learn more.

"Coyotes' Soderberg thriving despite blindness in left eye"



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Playing Hockey with Blindness
blindnessCarl Soderberg plays for the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League. What makes Soderberg unique is that he's legally blind in his left eye. His vision was compromised in 2006 when an opponent's stick hit his eye and detached his retina leaving him living with blindness.

"It was a little different on the eyes, I was scared, afraid to get hit again," he said. "It took me a couple years to fully get back."


San Diego Center for the Blind offers several vision rehabilitation programs. Please contact us to learn more.

"Coyotes' Soderberg thriving despite blindness in left eye"



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A Daily Schedule in Braille
BrailleVisually impaired students may soon benefit from a Braille daily schedule. It was created by the 3D Tech Doves, an all-girls team from Christine Donnell School of the Arts, by using 3D printed plastic letters and number tiles. They call their invention the Teacher Classroom Kit. It’s "usable to visually impaired students so they can be more independent," Amber McVey, the girls mentor said.

"I feel really good, I think we did a really good job and helped a lot of people," Hailey Harwell, member of the 3D Tech Doves said.

SDCB offers many programs that can significantly assist people living with visual impairments. Please contact us to learn more.

“Boise all-girls 3D printing team wins competition for creating a Braille daily schedule”


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A Daily Schedule in Braille
BrailleVisually impaired students may soon benefit from a Braille daily schedule. It was created by the 3D Tech Doves, an all-girls team from Christine Donnell School of the Arts, by using 3D printed plastic letters and number tiles. They call their invention the Teacher Classroom Kit. It’s "usable to visually impaired students so they can be more independent," Amber McVey, the girls mentor said.

"I feel really good, I think we did a really good job and helped a lot of people," Hailey Harwell, member of the 3D Tech Doves said.

SDCB offers many programs that can significantly assist people living with visual impairments. Please contact us to learn more.

“Boise all-girls 3D printing team wins competition for creating a Braille daily schedule”


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Field Hockey Player Determined to Play Following Vision Loss
vision lossIn November, a British Olympic field hockey hopeful sustained a significant injury when he was hit in the face by a ball. The damage resulted in vision loss in his left eye. After surgery and seeing eye specialists, Sam Ward is committed to playing for his country in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

"Reports that I am retiring are completely not true and never were true," Ward said. "It's rumor mill... I do have some sight loss in my left eye but I still have peripheral vision and a fully functioning right eye."

If you require assistance for vision loss or blindness, then please contact SDCB to learn more about our programs.

“Olympic hopeful vows to play field hockey again after ball fractures his face, causes vision loss”


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Field Hockey Player Determined to Play Following Vision Loss
vision lossIn November, a British Olympic field hockey hopeful sustained a significant injury when he was hit in the face by a ball. The damage resulted in vision loss in his left eye. After surgery and seeing eye specialists, Sam Ward is committed to playing for his country in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

"Reports that I am retiring are completely not true and never were true," Ward said. "It's rumor mill... I do have some sight loss in my left eye but I still have peripheral vision and a fully functioning right eye."

If you require assistance for vision loss or blindness, then please contact SDCB to learn more about our programs.

“Olympic hopeful vows to play field hockey again after ball fractures his face, causes vision loss”


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Preventing River Blindness
blindnessOnchocerciasis is a neglected tropical disease (NTD) caused by the parasitic worm Onchocerca volvulus. It is transmitted through bites by blackflies and it is common in Africa. The worm attacks the eyes and causes visual impairment or blindness. The World Health Organization (WHO) would like to eradicate this preventable and treatable condition by 2030.

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame conducted a study that involved mathematic modeling which found that a combination of mass drug distribution and removing vegetation may be the most effective method of curbing transmission.

“Modeling is a powerful tool to synthesize myriad information about parasite transmission,” said lead author Edwin Michael, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Notre Dame. “Once we obtain a working model, we have the capability to do forecasting into the future, and we can also use the available short-term, limited data to present decision makers with new information that is not otherwise available.”

SDCB offers several vision rehabilitation services that can improve your quality of life. Please contact us to learn more.

“Study: Transmission of river blindness may be reduced when vegetation is removed”


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Preventing River Blindness
blindnessOnchocerciasis is a neglected tropical disease (NTD) caused by the parasitic worm Onchocerca volvulus. It is transmitted through bites by blackflies and it is common in Africa. The worm attacks the eyes and causes visual impairment or blindness. The World Health Organization (WHO) would like to eradicate this preventable and treatable condition by 2030.

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame conducted a study that involved mathematic modeling which found that a combination of mass drug distribution and removing vegetation may be the most effective method of curbing transmission.

“Modeling is a powerful tool to synthesize myriad information about parasite transmission,” said lead author Edwin Michael, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Notre Dame. “Once we obtain a working model, we have the capability to do forecasting into the future, and we can also use the available short-term, limited data to present decision makers with new information that is not otherwise available.”

SDCB offers several vision rehabilitation services that can improve your quality of life. Please contact us to learn more.

“Study: Transmission of river blindness may be reduced when vegetation is removed”


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Technology Helps People With Low Vision
low visionLow vision is defined as significant visual impairment that can't be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, medication, or eye surgery. However, technology is allowing people living with visual impairments, IrisVision utilizes a virtual reality headset and smartphone to helps users living with low vision see things better.

"This technology that now is available is so exciting, to provide to this capability of using one device for multiple distances and for patients to be independent again," said Dr. Nancy Amir, a low-vision optometrist.

San Diego Center for the Blind can assist you or a loved one with low vision. Please contact us to learn more.

“IrisVision low-vision glasses help people see again”


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Technology Helps People With Low Vision
low visionLow vision is defined as significant visual impairment that can't be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, medication, or eye surgery. However, technology is allowing people living with visual impairments, IrisVision utilizes a virtual reality headset and smartphone to helps users living with low vision see things better.

"This technology that now is available is so exciting, to provide to this capability of using one device for multiple distances and for patients to be independent again," said Dr. Nancy Amir, a low-vision optometrist.

San Diego Center for the Blind can assist you or a loved one with low vision. Please contact us to learn more.

“IrisVision low-vision glasses help people see again”


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Vitamin B3 and Vision Loss
vision lossOver-the-counter niacin or Vitamin B3 can cause vision loss if it is taken in high doses. Researchers at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) found that Vitamin B3 can result in a rare toxic reaction known as niacin-induced cystoid maculopathy (a type of retinal swelling). Findings published in the fall issue of the Journal of VitreoRetinal Diseases suggest that discontinuing use can reverse the effects of retinal swelling.

"People often live by the philosophy that if a little bit is good, more should be better. This study shows how dangerous large doses of a commonly used over-the-counter medication can be," said lead investigator Richard Rosen, MD, Chief of Retina Services at NYEE and the Mount Sinai Health System. "People who depend on vision for their livelihood need to realize there could be long-lasting consequences from inadvertent overdosing on this vitamin."

If vision loss is impacting your life, please contact SDCB to learn more about our services and programs.

“Severe Vision Loss From Niacin (Vitamin B3) Can Be Reversed”


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Vitamin B3 and Vision Loss
vision lossOver-the-counter niacin or Vitamin B3 can cause vision loss if it is taken in high doses. Researchers at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) found that Vitamin B3 can result in a rare toxic reaction known as niacin-induced cystoid maculopathy (a type of retinal swelling). Findings published in the fall issue of the Journal of VitreoRetinal Diseases suggest that discontinuing use can reverse the effects of retinal swelling.

"People often live by the philosophy that if a little bit is good, more should be better. This study shows how dangerous large doses of a commonly used over-the-counter medication can be," said lead investigator Richard Rosen, MD, Chief of Retina Services at NYEE and the Mount Sinai Health System. "People who depend on vision for their livelihood need to realize there could be long-lasting consequences from inadvertent overdosing on this vitamin."

If vision loss is impacting your life, please contact SDCB to learn more about our services and programs.

“Severe Vision Loss From Niacin (Vitamin B3) Can Be Reversed”


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Dry Eyes Can Cause Blindness
blindnessIf left untreated, dry eye symptoms can result in damage to the cornea and lead to vision loss and blindness for you or a loved one. The Mayo Clinic states that dry eyes are caused by either too little tear production or an increase in tear evaporation. A myriad of causes can lead to dry eyes: lupus, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis, and prescription drugs. Fortunately, specific lifestyle changes and prescription eye drops can counter dryness and prevent permanent damage to the eyes that can cause blindness.

People who wear contact lenses and women over the age of 50 at the most considerable risk of dry eyes.

Please contact SDCB if you require assistance for vision loss or blindness. We offer several programs that can improve your life quality.

“Why you should take dry eye symptoms seriously”


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Dry Eyes Can Cause Blindness
blindnessIf left untreated, dry eye symptoms can result in damage to the cornea and lead to vision loss and blindness for you or a loved one. The Mayo Clinic states that dry eyes are caused by either too little tear production or an increase in tear evaporation. A myriad of causes can lead to dry eyes: lupus, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis, and prescription drugs. Fortunately, specific lifestyle changes and prescription eye drops can counter dryness and prevent permanent damage to the eyes that can cause blindness.

People who wear contact lenses and women over the age of 50 at the most considerable risk of dry eyes.

Please contact SDCB if you require assistance for vision loss or blindness. We offer several programs that can improve your life quality.

“Why you should take dry eye symptoms seriously”


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Link between Eye Disease and Brain Degeneration
eye diseaseScientists from Singapore and the United States have discovered new evidence that there is a link between degeneration of the eye and brain. The researchers found that genetic variation at a beta-amyloid gene was significantly associated with increased risk of Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG), a form of irreversible blindness worldwide. Moreover, the study confirmed a hypothesis that glaucoma may not just be an eye disease, but that it is linked to degeneration of the brain as well.

People living with vision loss or blindness are invited to contact San Diego Center for the Blind for assistance. We offer several programs that can help improve your quality of life.

“Researchers Find Link Between Eye Disease And Degeneration Of The Brain”


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Link between Eye Disease and Brain Degeneration
eye diseaseScientists from Singapore and the United States have discovered new evidence that there is a link between degeneration of the eye and brain. The researchers found that genetic variation at a beta-amyloid gene was significantly associated with increased risk of Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG), a form of irreversible blindness worldwide. Moreover, the study confirmed a hypothesis that glaucoma may not just be an eye disease, but that it is linked to degeneration of the brain as well.

People living with vision loss or blindness are invited to contact San Diego Center for the Blind for assistance. We offer several programs that can help improve your quality of life.

“Researchers Find Link Between Eye Disease And Degeneration Of The Brain”


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November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month
eye diseaseDiabetes is one of the leading causes of eye disease in the United States. During Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month it is vital to inform the public about diabetes and vision loss, as well as the risk factors and treatment options. For more information on diabetic eye diseases, you can look at the “Diabetes and the Eyes” educational toolkit from Prevent Blindness. The toolkit includes fact sheets and infographics for you to share on social media.

SDCB offers many innovative visual rehabilitation programs; please contact us to learn more.

“Raising awareness for diabetic eye disease”


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November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month
eye diseaseDiabetes is one of the leading causes of eye disease in the United States. During Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month it is vital to inform the public about diabetes and vision loss, as well as the risk factors and treatment options. For more information on diabetic eye diseases, you can look at the “Diabetes and the Eyes” educational toolkit from Prevent Blindness. The toolkit includes fact sheets and infographics for you to share on social media.

SDCB offers many innovative visual rehabilitation programs; please contact us to learn more.

“Raising awareness for diabetic eye disease”


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Finding Permanent Therapeutics for Leading Cause of Blindness
blindnessAge-related macular degeneration (AMD) causes loss of central vision in the retina. AMD is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. Fortunately, researchers from Yale, MIT, and Harvard have discovered the cellular culprits of this incurable eye disease. The findings could lead to more permanent therapeutics for macular degeneration patients. The research was published in Nature Communications.

“It is the first time the human retinal cells have been sequenced at the single-cell level,” said Brian Hafler, assistant professor of ophthalmology and pathology at the Yale School of Medicine and co-senior author of the study. “We were able to look at each individual retinal cell’s RNA and how the expression of specific genes varies from other cells. We found which cells expressed the known genetic risk factors for macular degeneration. It’s exciting to be able to assign the AMD-associated genes with the specific cell types they act on.”

If you are struggling with vision loss, then you can benefit from the programs we offer at SDCB. Please contact us to learn more.

“Yale-MIT-Harvard collaboration maps out cellular culprits of blindness”


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Finding Permanent Therapeutics for Leading Cause of Blindness
blindnessAge-related macular degeneration (AMD) causes loss of central vision in the retina. AMD is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. Fortunately, researchers from Yale, MIT, and Harvard have discovered the cellular culprits of this incurable eye disease. The findings could lead to more permanent therapeutics for macular degeneration patients. The research was published in Nature Communications.

“It is the first time the human retinal cells have been sequenced at the single-cell level,” said Brian Hafler, assistant professor of ophthalmology and pathology at the Yale School of Medicine and co-senior author of the study. “We were able to look at each individual retinal cell’s RNA and how the expression of specific genes varies from other cells. We found which cells expressed the known genetic risk factors for macular degeneration. It’s exciting to be able to assign the AMD-associated genes with the specific cell types they act on.”

If you are struggling with vision loss, then you can benefit from the programs we offer at SDCB. Please contact us to learn more.

“Yale-MIT-Harvard collaboration maps out cellular culprits of blindness”


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Multiple Sclerosis and Vision Loss
vision lossA team of researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine combined high-resolution eye scans and genetic tests to identify three genes involved in the complement immune pathway that is linked to more rapid degeneration of nervous tissue in the eye and loss of sight. Mutations in genes are associated with a higher likelihood of more severe forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) and are linked to faster vision loss.

"We believe that our study opens up a new line of investigation targeting complement genes as a potential way to treat disease progression and nerve cell death," said Peter Calabresi, MD, the study's senior leader and a professor at Johns Hopkins University

SDCB can help you or a loved one regain some independence. Please contact us to learn more about our vision rehabilitation programs.

"Mutations in 3 Genes Linked to Vision Loss and MS Severity in Hopkins Study"


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Multiple Sclerosis and Vision Loss
vision lossA team of researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine combined high-resolution eye scans and genetic tests to identify three genes involved in the complement immune pathway that is linked to more rapid degeneration of nervous tissue in the eye and loss of sight. Mutations in genes are associated with a higher likelihood of more severe forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) and are linked to faster vision loss.

"We believe that our study opens up a new line of investigation targeting complement genes as a potential way to treat disease progression and nerve cell death," said Peter Calabresi, MD, the study's senior leader and a professor at Johns Hopkins University

SDCB can help you or a loved one regain some independence. Please contact us to learn more about our vision rehabilitation programs.

"Mutations in 3 Genes Linked to Vision Loss and MS Severity in Hopkins Study"


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New Imaging Technique for Detecting Blindness
blindnessNew research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, conducted by researchers from Baylor College of Medicine and UT Health's McGovern Medical School, highlights the development and application of new imaging methods for viewing retinal cells. The research teams were interested in retinal cilia, hair-like fibers that work as light. Higher-resolution viewing techniques allow scientists to see the internal structure of healthy and diseased retinal cilia.

"There is a large group of diseases called ciliopathies that are caused by genetic defects in the components of the structure of cilia. One [sic] the most common symptoms of ciliopathies is retinal degeneration and blindness, such as seen in retinitis pigmentosa and Bardet-Biedl syndrome." – Dr. Theodore G. Wensel, corresponding author, professor and Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry in the Department of Biochemistry at Baylor

If you are struggling with vision loss or blindness, then please contact SDCB to learn more about or programs.

"New imaging methods provide unprecedented close-up view of cilia linked to blindness"


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New Imaging Technique for Detecting Blindness
blindnessNew research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, conducted by researchers from Baylor College of Medicine and UT Health's McGovern Medical School, highlights the development and application of new imaging methods for viewing retinal cells. The research teams were interested in retinal cilia, hair-like fibers that work as light. Higher-resolution viewing techniques allow scientists to see the internal structure of healthy and diseased retinal cilia.

"There is a large group of diseases called ciliopathies that are caused by genetic defects in the components of the structure of cilia. One [sic] the most common symptoms of ciliopathies is retinal degeneration and blindness, such as seen in retinitis pigmentosa and Bardet-Biedl syndrome." – Dr. Theodore G. Wensel, corresponding author, professor and Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry in the Department of Biochemistry at Baylor

If you are struggling with vision loss or blindness, then please contact SDCB to learn more about or programs.

"New imaging methods provide unprecedented close-up view of cilia linked to blindness"


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Screening for Blindness in Young People
blindnessThe Plusoptix is a noninvasive vision screener that can check young people's eyes for refractive errors and eye misalignment in just under a minute. If further review is necessary, the device will instruct the subject to see an eye doctor. Last year, the tool helped detect blindness in the left eye of a first-grader named Elliott Wasem. An eye doctor discovered that Elliot has optic nerve edema: a leaky blood vessel causing swelling and blindness.

"I was thinking glasses might be the worst case scenario," said Christy Wasem, Elliott's mother and a kindergarten teacher at Hellgate Elementary. "We had no idea."

Please contact SDCB if you would like assistance with vision loss or blindness. We offer several innovative programs that can help.

"Vision screenings helped spot blindness in Missoula kindergartner"   


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Screening for Blindness in Young People
blindnessThe Plusoptix is a noninvasive vision screener that can check young people's eyes for refractive errors and eye misalignment in just under a minute. If further review is necessary, the device will instruct the subject to see an eye doctor. Last year, the tool helped detect blindness in the left eye of a first-grader named Elliott Wasem. An eye doctor discovered that Elliot has optic nerve edema: a leaky blood vessel causing swelling and blindness.

"I was thinking glasses might be the worst case scenario," said Christy Wasem, Elliott's mother and a kindergarten teacher at Hellgate Elementary. "We had no idea."

Please contact SDCB if you would like assistance with vision loss or blindness. We offer several innovative programs that can help.

"Vision screenings helped spot blindness in Missoula kindergartner"   


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Learning About Diseases that can Cause Blindness
blindnessVision is a precious gift that too many of us take for granted. There are several things we can do differently to protect against blindness, including prioritizing a healthy diet, exercise, and avoiding alcohol and smoking. The five most common causes of blindness are diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and eye injury or trauma.

"The leading causes of blindness and low vision in the United States are primarily age-related eye diseases, says Barbara Horn, a Doctor of Optometry and president of the American Optometric Association. "The potential to rehabilitate vision will depend on the diagnosis, degree of diagnosis and length of diagnosis," she adds. Horn also notes that "early intervention via regular visits with a doctor of optometry is key to prevent visual impairment and optimize early treatment, if needed."

If you require assistance for vision loss or blindness, then we invite you to reach out to SDCB to learn more about our programs.

“5 Diseases That Can Lead to Blindness”


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Learning About Diseases that can Cause Blindness
blindnessVision is a precious gift that too many of us take for granted. There are several things we can do differently to protect against blindness, including prioritizing a healthy diet, exercise, and avoiding alcohol and smoking. The five most common causes of blindness are diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and eye injury or trauma.

"The leading causes of blindness and low vision in the United States are primarily age-related eye diseases, says Barbara Horn, a Doctor of Optometry and president of the American Optometric Association. "The potential to rehabilitate vision will depend on the diagnosis, degree of diagnosis and length of diagnosis," she adds. Horn also notes that "early intervention via regular visits with a doctor of optometry is key to prevent visual impairment and optimize early treatment, if needed."

If you require assistance for vision loss or blindness, then we invite you to reach out to SDCB to learn more about our programs.

“5 Diseases That Can Lead to Blindness”


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Blindness Tied to Common Sleep Disorder
blindnessIn the United States, the lives of more than 18 million adults are impacted by sleep apnea. Scientists had already linked the sleep condition to several health problems, but researchers now associate the disorder with blindness. Severe sleep apnea could heighten people's risk of diabetic macular edema: a disease that causes vision loss or blindness.

"Based on these results, we hope that more medical professionals will approach sleep apnea as a risk factor for diabetic macular edema," lead researcher Juifan Chiang said in a press release. "This could allow for earlier medical intervention so patients can keep more of their vision and preserve their overall health as much as possible."

San Diego Center for the Blind specializes in helping people living with vision loss. Please reach out to us to learn more.

"Sleep Apnea Effects Linked To Blindness"


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Blindness Tied to Common Sleep Disorder
blindnessIn the United States, the lives of more than 18 million adults are impacted by sleep apnea. Scientists had already linked the sleep condition to several health problems, but researchers now associate the disorder with blindness. Severe sleep apnea could heighten people's risk of diabetic macular edema: a disease that causes vision loss or blindness.

"Based on these results, we hope that more medical professionals will approach sleep apnea as a risk factor for diabetic macular edema," lead researcher Juifan Chiang said in a press release. "This could allow for earlier medical intervention so patients can keep more of their vision and preserve their overall health as much as possible."

San Diego Center for the Blind specializes in helping people living with vision loss. Please reach out to us to learn more.

"Sleep Apnea Effects Linked To Blindness"


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Preventable Vision Loss Around the Globe
vision lossSome 2.2 billion people are living with eye conditions and visual impairment today, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Report On Vision. The UN health agency warns that the need for eye care is increasing as exponentially more people are expected to suffer from vision loss in the coming years. WHO suggests that lifestyle choices are a driving force behind staggering visual impairment rates.

"Eye conditions and vision impairment are widespread, and far too often they still go untreated," said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. "It is unacceptable that 65 million people are blind or have impaired sight when their vision could have been corrected overnight with a cataract operation, or that over 800 million struggle in everyday activities because they lack access to a pair of glasses."

If you are struggling with low vision or blindness, then SDCB can help in several ways. Please contact us to learn more.

"One billion people have preventable or unaddressed vision loss"


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Preventable Vision Loss Around the Globe
vision lossSome 2.2 billion people are living with eye conditions and visual impairment today, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Report On Vision. The UN health agency warns that the need for eye care is increasing as exponentially more people are expected to suffer from vision loss in the coming years. WHO suggests that lifestyle choices are a driving force behind staggering visual impairment rates.

"Eye conditions and vision impairment are widespread, and far too often they still go untreated," said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. "It is unacceptable that 65 million people are blind or have impaired sight when their vision could have been corrected overnight with a cataract operation, or that over 800 million struggle in everyday activities because they lack access to a pair of glasses."

If you are struggling with low vision or blindness, then SDCB can help in several ways. Please contact us to learn more.

"One billion people have preventable or unaddressed vision loss"


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Author Explains that Blindness Makes You Vulnerable
blindnessNew York City is a well-planned city, but it can still prove challenging to navigate, especially if you are living with blindness. Author Elizabeth Savage says that you are vulnerable when you can’t see. However, she shares with readers that memory and mental tricks helped her manage with poor vision. Then, vision loss progressed to blindness; she had multiple surgeries to treat her uveitis, an inflammatory disease of the eye.

The uveitis cleared up, but later she developed cataracts. At the time of her last cataract surgery, she had 20/200 vision. Fortunately, the operation was a success, and her vision was restored.

Please reach out to San Diego Center for the blind to learn more about our services.

“I Went Blind. I Still Owned Manhattan”


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Author Explains that Blindness Makes You Vulnerable
blindnessNew York City is a well-planned city, but it can still prove challenging to navigate, especially if you are living with blindness. Author Elizabeth Savage says that you are vulnerable when you can’t see. However, she shares with readers that memory and mental tricks helped her manage with poor vision. Then, vision loss progressed to blindness; she had multiple surgeries to treat her uveitis, an inflammatory disease of the eye.

The uveitis cleared up, but later she developed cataracts. At the time of her last cataract surgery, she had 20/200 vision. Fortunately, the operation was a success, and her vision was restored.

Please reach out to San Diego Center for the blind to learn more about our services.

“I Went Blind. I Still Owned Manhattan”


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Eating Healthy to Prevent Vision Loss
vision lossWhat we eat can have a significant impact on our health. Those who eat more nutrient-rich foods benefit in several ways. While genetics play a role in causing vision loss, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests that what we eat can wreak havoc on our vision. Leafy greens, carrots, bell peppers, pumpkin, butternut squash, and turkey can help you with long-term eye health. Foods containing vitamins A, C, E, and zinc are beneficial to our eyes.

San Diego Center for the Blind can help you or a loved one with vision loss and blindness. Please contact us to learn more.

“6 Foods to Eat for Healthier Eyes and Better Vision”


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Eating Healthy to Prevent Vision Loss
vision lossWhat we eat can have a significant impact on our health. Those who eat more nutrient-rich foods benefit in several ways. While genetics play a role in causing vision loss, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests that what we eat can wreak havoc on our vision. Leafy greens, carrots, bell peppers, pumpkin, butternut squash, and turkey can help you with long-term eye health. Foods containing vitamins A, C, E, and zinc are beneficial to our eyes.

San Diego Center for the Blind can help you or a loved one with vision loss and blindness. Please contact us to learn more.

“6 Foods to Eat for Healthier Eyes and Better Vision”


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Eye Drops May Reverse Vision Loss
vision lossAn Israeli company is working on eye drops that could reverse a common type of vision loss: farsightedness or the inability to see or read nearby objects. Research on the Israel-based Orasis, Pharmaceuticals, eye drops indicates that the eye drops improve farsightedness and are tolerable.

“We are very encouraged by the results,” said Elad Kedar, CEO of Orasis, “The results were great not only on the efficacy endpoints, but also on the safety and tolerability, so we are moving as quickly as possible into Phase 3.”

Please contact SDCB if you would like to learn more about our vision rehabilitation services. We have many programs that can improve your life quality.

“Eye Drops To Reverse Vision Loss One Step Closer To Market”


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Eye Drops May Reverse Vision Loss
vision lossAn Israeli company is working on eye drops that could reverse a common type of vision loss: farsightedness or the inability to see or read nearby objects. Research on the Israel-based Orasis, Pharmaceuticals, eye drops indicates that the eye drops improve farsightedness and are tolerable.

“We are very encouraged by the results,” said Elad Kedar, CEO of Orasis, “The results were great not only on the efficacy endpoints, but also on the safety and tolerability, so we are moving as quickly as possible into Phase 3.”

Please contact SDCB if you would like to learn more about our vision rehabilitation services. We have many programs that can improve your life quality.

“Eye Drops To Reverse Vision Loss One Step Closer To Market”


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Preventing Blindness on Halloween
blindnessEye injuries are leading causes of blindness and vision loss. With Halloween around the corner, it's vital that people of all ages protect their eyes from costume-related injuries. Cosmetic contact lenses and specific masks can hurt your eyes. Prevent Blindness offers several tips to safeguard your vision over the holiday, such as:

“Improper use of cosmetic lenses can lead to serious eye complications. These problems include bacterial infections, swelling, eye pain, sensitivity to light, conjunctivitis (pink eye), corneal scratches, corneal ulceration and even permanent loss of sight.”

San Diego Center for the Blind can significantly help people living with vision loss. Please contact us to learn more about our programs.

“Tips for Making Halloween Safe”


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Preventing Blindness on Halloween
blindnessEye injuries are leading causes of blindness and vision loss. With Halloween around the corner, it's vital that people of all ages protect their eyes from costume-related injuries. Cosmetic contact lenses and specific masks can hurt your eyes. Prevent Blindness offers several tips to safeguard your vision over the holiday, such as:

“Improper use of cosmetic lenses can lead to serious eye complications. These problems include bacterial infections, swelling, eye pain, sensitivity to light, conjunctivitis (pink eye), corneal scratches, corneal ulceration and even permanent loss of sight.”

San Diego Center for the Blind can significantly help people living with vision loss. Please contact us to learn more about our programs.

“Tips for Making Halloween Safe”


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Cooking Podcast for the Visually Impaired
visually impairedPerhaps you have heard of a PBS television program called “Cooking Without Looking.” The show features people who are visually impaired cooking their favorite recipes. Now the program is available via podcast. The “Cooking Without Looking TV Show Podcast” will allow more people to enjoy the series. The show’s creator, Renee Rentmeester, says:

“I wanted to create something that could help anyone no matter their race, gender, religion or economic status. I came up with blindness because it crosses all of those lines,’’ she said. “But, I didn’t know anyone who was blind. No one in my family is blind/visually impaired. That’s also part of the reason I started it. Most people don’t know people who are blind, and we could bring understanding to a whole group of people that many didn’t know, or understand.”

SDCB can help you or a loved one with vision loss; we offer several programs that help people regain their independence. Please contact us to learn more.

“Cooking show for visually impaired is now producing a podcast”


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Cooking Podcast for the Visually Impaired
visually impairedPerhaps you have heard of a PBS television program called “Cooking Without Looking.” The show features people who are visually impaired cooking their favorite recipes. Now the program is available via podcast. The “Cooking Without Looking TV Show Podcast” will allow more people to enjoy the series. The show’s creator, Renee Rentmeester, says:

“I wanted to create something that could help anyone no matter their race, gender, religion or economic status. I came up with blindness because it crosses all of those lines,’’ she said. “But, I didn’t know anyone who was blind. No one in my family is blind/visually impaired. That’s also part of the reason I started it. Most people don’t know people who are blind, and we could bring understanding to a whole group of people that many didn’t know, or understand.”

SDCB can help you or a loved one with vision loss; we offer several programs that help people regain their independence. Please contact us to learn more.

“Cooking show for visually impaired is now producing a podcast”


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Preparing for Macular Degeneration
macular degenerationAge-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is a chronic disease that affects millions of people in the United States. In fact, AMD is the leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 or older. By 2020, an estimated 196 million people will be living with AMD, according to the BrightFocus Foundation. Cases vary in severity, and some men and women will require surgery.

Older adults must familiarize themselves with the symptoms, causes, and treatment options for age-related macular degeneration.

If you would like assistance with vision loss, then please contact SDCB. We offer many programs that can improve your life quality.

“A Patient's Guide to Macular Degeneration”


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Preparing for Macular Degeneration
macular degenerationAge-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is a chronic disease that affects millions of people in the United States. In fact, AMD is the leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 or older. By 2020, an estimated 196 million people will be living with AMD, according to the BrightFocus Foundation. Cases vary in severity, and some men and women will require surgery.

Older adults must familiarize themselves with the symptoms, causes, and treatment options for age-related macular degeneration.

If you would like assistance with vision loss, then please contact SDCB. We offer many programs that can improve your life quality.

“A Patient's Guide to Macular Degeneration”


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Braille UNO Cards
BrailleIn previous posts we wrote about Braille Bricks: Legos that have Braille on them. The company went a step further last month when it began offering building instructions for the visually impaired via Braille readers.

Now, the toy company Mattel is working on inclusivity. The company now offers a Braille deck of UNO cards. Developed in partnership with the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), UNO Braille makes the game accessible to blind and low-vision players.

"It's a sighted world, so it's important to have accessibility for the blind," said Raveena Alli. "But also to be able to pull out a deck of cards and say, 'Hey, there's Braille and print on this, do you wanna play?' And it will just be really fun."

At SDCB, we offer several vision rehabilitation programs that can improve quality of life for men and women living with vision loss. Please contact us to learn more.

“Mattel debuts first official Braille deck of UNO cards”


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Braille UNO Cards
BrailleIn previous posts we wrote about Braille Bricks: Legos that have Braille on them. The company went a step further last month when it began offering building instructions for the visually impaired via Braille readers.

Now, the toy company Mattel is working on inclusivity. The company now offers a Braille deck of UNO cards. Developed in partnership with the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), UNO Braille makes the game accessible to blind and low-vision players.

"It's a sighted world, so it's important to have accessibility for the blind," said Raveena Alli. "But also to be able to pull out a deck of cards and say, 'Hey, there's Braille and print on this, do you wanna play?' And it will just be really fun."

At SDCB, we offer several vision rehabilitation programs that can improve quality of life for men and women living with vision loss. Please contact us to learn more.

“Mattel debuts first official Braille deck of UNO cards”


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